accommodation in maroussi

Where to stay in North Athens?  – Close to the Green Metro Line 1

Omilo students booking a Greek course in Athens stay all over the city and commute by public transport to Marousi (North Athens) where the Omilo Greek Language school is located. For directions to the Omilo, please click here

Athens is a very big city, and every neighborhood has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Many students like to stay close to the Omilo school in Maroussi (located at about 200 meters from the Marousi metro station), and ask us in which areas it is best to book a hotel or Airbnb.
Therefore, we wrote these articles for you, so you get a better idea where you can stay, close to the Green Metro Line 1  in North Athens, and close to School.

If you would like more recommendations about other residential areas, closer to the city centre and Monastiraki, click here to read our “part 1”!

Here below we will write about the neighborhoods in north Athens, all next to the Green metro line


athens metro map


Marousi, where the Omilo school is located, is a residential area with a “neighborhood” feel. It belongs to the Northern Suburbs, 15 km north of the Acropolis, and very close to Kiffisia (see below). It might feel a bit far from the historic centre of Athens, but, luckily, it’s well connected. From the centre it usually takes around 25 minutes using the green metro line 1, bringing you straight to the metro stations Omonia, Monasteraki and Thisseion, in centre Athens. For more information about those areas, click here.

Marousi is a quiet and family-oriented neighbourhood, a little suburban “village”. The flats and houses tend to be big, modern and relatively new. Marousi has plenty of green spaces as it’s full of trees, small parks, squares, picnic areas, etc. Some areas close to the station are pedestrianized so people can move around more freely when doing their shopping, having a walk or visiting the open street market on Saturday morning.
One of the biggest parks in the Attiki area, also is located between Marousi and Kifissia, and called “Syngrou Park”. For info, click here.

The Marousi metro station is 1 stop away from metro station Neratziotissa, which is conveniently located next to the Mall (a big shopping mall, also with bars, restaurants and cinema), and 2 stops away from metro station Irini, which is also the entrance to the Olympic facilities (O. A. K. A. stadium) – another must see if you’re visiting Athens.
In these Olympic facilities, also the Olympic Games of 2004 took place.

olympic stadium maroussi

All those metro stations are both on the green metro line, so easily accessible if you’re traveling to Marousi, either to go to the Omilo school or to get back to your accommodation.

Access: green metro line 1 :
metro station Maroussi (200 meters till the Omilo school)
metro station Neratziotissa ( next to the shopping Mall, and connection with surburbian train to the airport)
metro station Irini (next to the Olympic Stadium)


Hotels in Maroussi


There are more AIRBNBs than hotels in Maroussi, since it is a residential area, but here some names of hotels where students have stayed and were happy.

Hotel Maroussi
Probably the cheapest solution in the area, 300 metres from Neratziotissa metro and train station and within 500 metres from The Mall shopping centre
Quite area, and you can walk to the Omilo school in 15 minutes. (or go by train for 1 station)
If you want to check dates and prices, then click here


Civitel Attik Hotel
Next to the hotel Maroussi, but upscale, with swimming pool.
If you want to check dates and prices, then click here


Kifissia (or Kifisia) is also located in the northern suburbs of Athens. It has traditionally been home to the Athenian upper class, including major Greek political families, artists, writers and academics.

Even though it started as a strongly residential area, Kifissia has developed its own character with plenty of restaurants, cafés, stores and bars – a little city centre away from Athens’ city centre! If you fancy an escape from the city, we would recommend taking a walk from Kifissia centre till Kefalari square, as well as strolling through Alsos Ktimatos Siggrou (Syngrou Park )

Otherwise, both Goulandris Natural History Museum and Υiannis Tsarouchis Foundation Museum are well worth a visit. The first one was created to promote interest in the natural sciences and to raise public awareness regarding the need to protect Greece’s natural wildlife and endangered species. On the other hand, the second museum used to be the home and studio of the famous Greek painter Yiannis Tsarouchis and features a selection of finished work, draft illustrations and his photo archive.

Access: green metro line 1 :
metro station Kifissia (terminal metro station of green line Piraeus-Kifissa)


Hotels in Kifissia

Kifissia is a nice suburb, with classic upscale shops, bars and restaurants. Hotels in Kifissa are limited, and in general a bit more expensive than in Maroussi or centre Athens.


Cocomat Hotel Nafsika – Kifissia

Situated less than a 10-minute walk to Kifisia Train Station as well as the KAT station, or 20 minutes walk till the Omilo school.
The Coco-Mat Hotel Nafsika offers elegant rooms with private balconies, modern bathrooms and Coco-Mat mattresses.
Nice atmosphere, good breakfast, very quite neighborhood
If you want to check dates and prices, then click here

Hotel Des Roses – Centre Kifissia

Hotel Des Roses is a modern city hotel situated 250 metres from Kifisia Train Station. You are right in the centre of Kifissia, close to restaurants, bars, shops, Cinema…
Nice atmosphere, and about 40 minutes walk on foot to Omilo school, or walking to metro station Kifissia in 10 minutes (and 2 stations till Maroussi – Omilo school)
If you want to check dates and prices, then click here


The Y Hotel

The Y Hotel offers contemporary rooms with luxury bathrooms and private balconies, in centre Kifissia, next to the Kefalari square. You can walk to the Kifissia train station in 15 minutes, and then take the train to Maroussi (2 stations)
The modern rooms at the Y are well equipped with free, high-speed Wi-Fi and flat-screen, satellite TVs.  Guests are invited to enjoy a complete fitness center. Outside, the Y Hotel maintains a beautiful veranda.
If you want to check dates and prices, then click here


Nowadays, Irakleio a quiet and quaint neighbourhood with wide streets that are lined up with trees, and large squares where youngsters meet up. Even though it’s a mainly residential area, there are plenty of tavernas, cafes and bars. Locals rarely feel the need to go to the city centre if they want to go out.
There are many AIRBNs, but no hotels

Access: metro station Irakleio, 3 stops from Maroussi (green line 1)


Patissia is a residential area full of contrasts. Neoclassical buildings from the time when Athens’ upper middle class used to live back in the 50s co-exist with imposing but charmless blocks of flats from the second half of the 20th century.

Now, Patissia is increasingly popular for visitors who want to find affordable Airbnb accommodation in a quiet, safe setting and with good connection to the city centre. If you choose to stay there, you’ll be surrounded mainly by locals .

As you might have already noticed, Greeks like to split areas into “ano” (upper) and “kato” (lower), which is why there are two metro stations for this neighbourhood – Ano Patissia and Kato Patissia. “Ano” is mainly used for the northerner location so if you choose Ano Patissia you’ll be a couple stops closer to Marousi.

Access: metro station Ano Patissia or Kato Patissia (green line)


Last but not least, if you want to get to know better the many different faces of Athens, we would recommend having a go at Petros Markaris’ book
‘Η Αθήνα της Μιας Διαδρομής” (literally “The Athens of One Journey”

It shows Athens from a local’s point of view and witnesses first-hand the effect of the financial crisis.
The “journey” refers to the route of the electric railway, also known as the green metro line 1, from one end to another – from Piraeus to Kifissia.


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